I have only been in the President role with NEA since May this year. Thank you to Hazel Frankland for her work as President prior to this.
There have been many changes in the Management team in the last 12 months; however I would like to acknowledge the contributions of all members who have held positions on the management team during this time. Although circumstances meant they were no longer able to continue in their elected roles, thanks must go to Hazel Frankland, Ruth Mollison, Pete Raftos, Jennifer Gill, Cornelia Selover, Emi Day and Janet Leith.
I cannot speak highly enough of the current Management Team. I have had the honour of working with Jarita Stubbs as Treasurer; Kylie Pitts as Secretary; deSales Turner as Volunteer coordinator; Team reps: Valerie Clements for the Gallery Shop; Michaela Alexander for Music events; Frank Burgers for studios and OH&S; Janet Leith and more recently Simon Klose as Exhibitions Coordinator. A very special thank you from me goes to Sally Wallace for her amazing support as Vice President over the last few months.
I am sure all members of North East Artisans are proud of the achievements of our organisation over the last 12 months; however it is our volunteers who should be congratulated. From our gallery shop volunteers through to our team members and Management Committee--what we have achieved and continue to achieve is the result of your efforts, so thank you!
The last 12 months has seen us grow in terms of confidence in our organisation as well as attracting the attention of others organisations, the broader community, community leaders and media outlets. Our teams have been working cohesively and efficiently in helping to strengthen our commitment to providing a thriving local arts community in Benalla and the North EAst.
I wish the incoming Management Committee all the best in the future development of North East Artisans and trust that they will continue to uphold our values and vision. This does not mean we should never evolve or transform; whatever direction we take in the future, the heart that is NEA will continue to beat.
Office Bearers Announced
President/Chairperson Tim Bowtell
Vice President/ Vice Chairperson Sally Wallace
Secretary Kylie Pitts
Treasurer Jarita Stubbs
Volunteer Coordinator/Team Rep deSales Turner
Gallery Shop Coordinator/Team Rep Valerie Clements
Media/Marketing Coordinator/Team Rep Jake Bowtell
Studio Coordinator/Team Rep Frank Burgers
OH&S Officer/Team Rep Frank Burgers
Exhibitions Coordinator/Team Rep Simon Klose
Workshops & Bookings Coordinator/Team Rep Annie Longmuir
Music Events Coordinator/Team Rep Michaela Alexander
Ordinary Member Cathy Pianta
Wall to Wall Benalla Festival
Benalla Street Art Map to 2017
Wots4Me Benalla Youth
Juddy Roller Wall to Wall
Benalla Art Gallery
Shepparton Art Museum
Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance (GANEAA)
Wangaratta Art Gallery
Benalla Camera Club
Broken River Potters
Broken River Painters
Table Top Games at NEA